1. Newsletter: October 2015

    October 8, 2015

    Social Impact Internship Info Session

    Thurs, Oct. 8, 5:30 – 6:30pm
    W0750, Ross School of Business

    Join us to learn about the Center’s consulting and summer internship opportunities available to business, social work, and public policy students. Opportunities include funding through theSummer Internship Fund and Impact Corps, which offers 10-week competitively paid MBA/BBA consulting summer internships with top mission-driven organizations from around the world, such as KIPP Schools or the Environmental Defense Fund.
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    Design for Social Impact Workshop

    Mon, Oct. 19, 5:30 – 7:00pm
    R1240, Ross School of Business

    Harness the power of design thinking for social impact! This 90-minute workshop hosted by the Center for Social Impact will provide students with design thinking theory, examples, techniques, and tools to identify creative, impactful solutions to social challenges. You will also learn keys to success as well as pitfalls to avoid, and hear about opportunities offered through the center to put your design skills into practice.
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    Win Up to $50K to Launch a Social Enterprise

    Info Session
    Wed, Nov. 4, 5:00 – 5:30pm
    R0240, Ross School of Business

    Do you have an idea for a mission-driven business, or are you already developing a social venture? We invite you to join us for anInfo Session on Nov. 4, and submit your concept by Nov. 16 to compete in the Social Impact Track of the Michigan Business Challenge. A prize pool of $17K is available to social enterprise business plans and the top overall team could win up to $50K in total prizes!Hosted by the Center for Social Impact in partnership with the Zell Lurie and Erb Institutes, the Social Impact Track supports the creation of new businesses, products, or services that promote social and/or environmental impact. The venture can be for-profit or nonprofit, and a 2-3 page statement is all that is needed to apply.
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    Impact Corps Academic Year Pilot Program: Application Deadline

    Mon, Oct. 12 by noon

    The Impact Corps Academic Year pilot program is partnering with Rebel Nell and Dandelion to engage a select number of students with each organization. Students will complete an individual 6-month project from Oct-Apr. MBAs and senior BBAs are eligible, and a commitment of 6-8 hours per week is expected. To learn more, attend the Oct. 8 Info Session. Applications due Oct. 12 by noon.
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    Announcing the 2015-16 Student Advisory Board
    Meet the Center’s 2015-16 Student Advisory Board!Co-Presidents:
    Mark Kroening, MPP/MBA
    Whitney Martin, MBAVice Presidents:
    Board Fellowship:
    Simon Chafetz, MBA
    Sandy Mervak, MPP/MBA
    Social Impact Challenge: Arshan Ahmad, MBA
    Heidi Terpstra, MM
    Social Entrepreneurship:
    Blake Van Fleteren, MSW/MBA
    Aubrey Sitler, MPP/MSWAmbassadors:
    Jaime Botero, MBA
    Sam Charner, MBA
    Max Dixon, MBA
    Grace Evans, MPP
    Pilar Koopman, MSW/MBA
    Allie Schachter, MBA
    Dil Singh, MBA
    Chloe Fagan-Tucker, MBA
    Karen Yocky, MPP
    Detroit Regional Social Enterprise Alliance Chapter
    Marketplace Exchange
    Tues, Nov. 3, 9am – 4pm
    Are you a new social enterprise seeking investors? Are you part of or interested in learning about the social enterprise ecosystem in Michigan? The Center for Social Impact is a proud sponsor of the Social Enterprise Alliance  Marketplace Exchange. We invite you to join us on Nov. 3 to learn, network, and support local social entrepreneurs.Early bird prices end Oct. 10.
    Register now


    Social Impact Internship:
    Oct. 8, 2015
    Design for Social Impact:
    Oct. 19, 2015
    Michigan Business Challenge & Social Impact Track:
    Nov. 4, 2015


    The Center for Social Impact provides students support and opportunities to design a pathway to become social impact leaders. Students in the Center’s programs collaborate with mission-driven organizations across sectors to develop innovative solutions to pressing social challenges.

    Faculty Director Spotlight: Dr. Michael Gordon

    We are excited to welcome Dr. Michael Gordon as the new Faculty Director of the Center for Social Impact. Dr. Gordon is the Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Social Entrepreneurial Studies and past Associate Dean for Information Technology. His teaching and research focus on solving societal problems through enterprise.Gordon is an expert in social entrepreneurship and teaches courses in social enterprise and microfinance. He is co-author of the Base of the Pyramid (BoP) Protocol, which guides companies wanting to co-create new businesses with local communities and organizations in the developing world. He has been involved in BoP Protocol efforts in Kenya, South Africa, and Flint, Michigan.Visit his blog and learn more about his recent books, Inclusivity: Will America Find Its Soul Again? and Design Your Life, Change the World: Your Path as a Social Entrepreneur.


    Master Class – Philanthropy: Then, Now and the Future

    Fri, Oct. 9, 1:45 – 3:00pm
    ECC 1840, School of Social Work

    The Leadership in Community Benefit Organizations program at the School of Social Work is proud to host a Master Class lecture with Eileen Heisman, MSW ’78, President & CEO, National Philanthropic Trust. Heisman will present on the past, current, and future state of philanthropy.Register now

    Social Enterprise Alliance –
    Lunch & Learn Tours

    Oct. 7, 12:00 – 1:30pm, Artesian Farms
    Oct. 27, 12:00 – 1:30pm, Hopeful Harvest

    The Detroit SEA Regional Chapter invites you to a Lunch and Learn Tour for a close-up view of how social enterprises operate. You’ll learn from practitioners and gain valuable insight while networking and enjoying lunch, which is provided onsite. October tours will visit Artesian Farms and Hopeful Harvest. $10 for SEA members, $15 for non-members.Register for Oct. 7 tour at Artesian Farms 
    Register for Oct. 27 tour at Hopeful Harvest

    Innovation in Action Application Deadline

    Fri, Oct. 9

    Do you want to go beyond the classroom to make an impact? Participate in the U-M School of Public Health’s University-wide competition Innovation in Action to create new solutions to Public Health and Education challenges! Deadline to apply is Oct. 9.

    Halcyon Incubator Recruiting Social Entrepreneurs

    Deadline Wed, Oct. 14 at 5pm

    The Halcyon Incubator, a fellowship based in Washington, D.C. focused on supporting early-stage social entrepreneurs, is recruiting for its next cohort. The fellowship offers rent-free housing and workspace, one-on-one mentoring and leadership coaching, and more than 1,000 hours of advice.Learn More and Apply

    Most Likely to Succeed: Free Documentary Screening & Panel

    Sun, Oct. 18, 1:30 – 4:00pm

    Attend a free screening of the award-winning documentary Most Likely To Succeed alongside Ann Arbor-area community members who are interested in the future of our schools. The film runs for 90 minutes and will be followed by a panel discussion that includes local students, educators and community leaders.Register now

    Urban Entrepreneurship Symposium

    Fri, Oct. 23

    The Urban Entrepreneurship Symposium 2015 will provide information, resources, and connections that will empower actual and aspiring entrepreneurs to create sustainable, profit-making businesses that address important urban community needs. The event is produced by the Urban Entrepreneurship Initiative, Inc., and is being co-hosted by the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, and Wayne State University.Learn more and register

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